FNX Staff

Meet the people who run First Nations Experience.

Alfredo Cruz

Alfredo Cruz was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas has a B.S. in communications from The University of Texas, Austin and a M.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University. His career in public media spans both coasts, as producer for NPR's Enfoque Nacional at KPBS in San Diego, correspondent for NPR, station manager at KRTU at Trinity University in San Antonio, and CEO/President of KUVO in Denver. Cruz is also a CPB Fellow, a Kiplinger Fellow and has received two consecutive National Association of Hispanic Journalists Guillermo Martinez-Marquez Awards for excellence in radio reporting.

Title: 
General Manager

Frank Blanquet

Frank Blanquet grew up in the humble heart of Hollywood, California just a few blocks from the walk of fame. Of Mayan Indian ancestry, Frank’s parents migrated to the United States from Merida, Yucatan. He was an extraordinary artist since birth, a musician early on and has been surrounded by wonderful story tellers his entire life. He has been able to combine all of his talents into an elaborate career as a multiple award winning writer, producer, director and editor. He is a passionate and dedicated film maker whose youth and energy compliment his versatility, experience and production background. He’s been a constant creative force for FNX since its conceptualization helping to bring its vision and impending success to the screen for all of us to see.

Title: 
(Mayan) - Producer / Director

Ben Holland

Ben Holland is the Program Manager for KVCR and also helps out with programming and operations for FNX.  He was born in Massachusetts, grew up in Placentia, California and currently resides in San Bernardino.  He has worked at KVCR since 1995.  Ben has a Bachelors degree in radio / television from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.  He is married (no kids yet) and enjoys video games, golf, skydiving, movies and flying.  Ben has a commercial pilot’s license and a skydiving license. 

Title: 
Program Manager

Sean Houlihan

Sean is a technology enthusiast from Southern California. In building upon this hobby, he pursued an education in Web Design from the Art Institute of California, Inland Empire. In his studies, he was brought to FNX as an intern and now works there as the webmaster. Sean holds a Bachelor of Science in Web Design and Interactive media. His end goal is to make everyone's life easier through the internet. In his spare time, Sean enjoys learning from open source code projects and playing video games. 

Title: 
Content Specialist - Web

Melissa Rossy

Melissa Rossy is among the few on staff who has been with FNX since before its 2011 launch. She came to the station as an intern and soon developed a commitment to learning about Native American cultures. Today, she works alongside the station’s Program Manager and screens incoming programs for quality and broadcast standards while maintaining up to date submission database,  FNX website,  and show descriptions. Rossy is also dedicated to higher education. She currently holds an A.A. in Liberal Arts from San Bernardino Valley College and has a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from California State University, San Bernardino. 

Title: 
Programming / Acquisitions

Art Macalma

One of the most versatile members on staff, Art Macalma is an editor, and cameraman, as well as a director, and working screenwriter. Born in the Philippines and raised in California, Art brings over 7 years of film and television experience to the FNX team. A man of many talents, Art’s creativity, passion, and dedication to the field, adds to the station’s already amazing group of industry professionals.  

Title: 
Editor/Production Team

Cheryl Alexander

Cheryl began working at FNX in 2011 as a volunteer Broadcast Operator and moved into the Traffic Coordinator position. Her professional background includes working as a Technical Coordinator and Administrative Assistant specializing in multimedia and broadcasting promotions, giving her ten years of experience in the field. Cheryl has Associates Degrees in Computer Information Technology and Radio Television and Film. She will be continuing her education as a Communications major at CSUSB.

Title: 
Traffic Coordinator

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